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motile

[moht-l, moh-til] /ˈmoʊt l, ˈmoʊ tɪl/
adjective
1.
Biology. moving or capable of moving spontaneously:
motile cells; motile spores.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Latin mōt(us) (past participle of movēre to move, set in motion) + -ile
Related forms
motility
[moh-til-i-tee] /moʊˈtɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonmotile, adjective
nonmotility, noun
supermotility, noun
unmotile, adjective
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Examples for motility
  • Esophageal neuromuscular function and motility disorders.
  • They're not afraid of variety in their voices, and motility in their faces.
British Dictionary definitions for motility

motile

/ˈməʊtaɪl/
adjective
1.
capable of moving spontaneously and independently
noun
2.
(psychol) a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his own
Derived Forms
motility (məʊˈtɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin mōtus moved, from movēre to move
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Word Origin and History for motility
motility
1836, from motile + -ity.
motile
1864, from L. mot-, pp. stem of movere (see move).
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motility in Medicine

motile mo·tile (mōt'l, mō'tīl')
adj.

  1. Moving or having the power to move spontaneously.

  2. Of or relating to mental imagery that arises primarily from sensations of bodily movement and position rather than from visual or auditory sensations.


mo·til'i·ty (mō-tĭl'ĭ-tē) n.
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motility in Science
motile
  (mōt'l, mō'tīl')   
Moving or able to move by itself. Sperm and certain spores are motile.

motility noun (mō-tĭl'ĭ-tē)
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